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BFG Leaves Graphics Card Business

PC Perspective has word that BFG Technologies is exiting the graphics card manufacturing business, saying, "this category is no longer profitable for us, although we will continue to evaluate it going forward." They will continue to manufacture power supplies, Deimos gaming notebooks, and Phobos gaming systems. Word is: "BFG will continue to offer RMA, telephone and email support for qualified BFG Tech graphics card warranty holders, but will no longer be bringing new graphics card products to market." This is sad news for me personally, as my last three graphics cards were from BFG (counting my current card), and I have always found their products and tech support to be top notch. Thanks dakslf via TFTS via PC Perspective.

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42. Re: BFG Leaves Graphics Card Business May 21, 2010, 21:14 Blahman
 
SPDIF is compressed (Dolby Digital or DTS) for sources with more than 2 channels.

That's the whole point of HDMI audio, is it allows uncompressed bitstream audio to be sent in 7.1 channels.
 
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41. Re: BFG Leaves Graphics Card Business May 21, 2010, 19:54 I've Got The News Blues
 
Blue wrote on May 21, 2010, 13:40:
The thing is you still need an audio stream to do this, which comes from a consumer level sound card.
What's wrong with the spdif connector from your motherboard's onboard sound for this purpose?
 
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40. Re: BFG Leaves Graphics Card Business May 21, 2010, 19:40 ColoradoHoudini
 
semi related:
I've not bought a $400.00 video card, but I have bought a $299.00 card before. Staying 1 tech level below the current top end card always seems to be the best way to go for me
-shrug-

 
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39. Re: BFG Leaves Graphics Card Business May 21, 2010, 14:13 Verno
 
Ant wrote on May 21, 2010, 14:00:
Agreed. Creative is still better than onboard sound. Yeah, drivers and support suck for them.

Again onboard sound gets a bad knock from people who operate on older experiences imho, much like ATI drivers. The worst I can say about it is that in poorly designed motherboards you can sometimes hear buzzing caused by external issues when using the analog outputs. Then again pretty much every decent motherboard I've seen in the past 3+ years has a toslink or coaxial digital out anyways.

If you need DD 5.1+ or want to bitstream PCM or some other crazy scenario then you're probably still better off with a Xonar or to start looking at home theater level soundcards. But that's just my opinion, Creative is good for nothing and I could never endorse their usage.
 
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38. Re: BFG Leaves Graphics Card Business May 21, 2010, 14:00 Ant
 
Blue wrote on May 21, 2010, 13:40:
If people really cared about audio quality they would pipe it out to a receiver or not use a $100 consumer level card anyways.

I do pipe my PC audio through a receiver and a nice pair of near-field studio monitors.

The thing is you still need an audio stream to do this, which comes from a consumer level sound card.
Agreed. Creative is still better than onboard sound. Yeah, drivers and support suck for them.
 
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37. Re: BFG Leaves Graphics Card Business May 21, 2010, 13:40  Blue 
 
If people really cared about audio quality they would pipe it out to a receiver or not use a $100 consumer level card anyways.

I do pipe my PC audio through a receiver and a nice pair of near-field studio monitors.

The thing is you still need an audio stream to do this, which comes from a consumer level sound card.
 
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36. Re: BFG Leaves Graphics Card Business May 21, 2010, 11:37 Verno
 
If people really cared about audio quality they would pipe it out to a receiver or not use a $100 consumer level card anyways. Complaining about on-board quality then likening Creative cards to being somehow "good" quality is hilariously inaccurate.

Games stopped using EAX years ago anyways but Windows 7 handles multiple sound/video drivers just fine now so you can always keep that old card around for the odd usage scenario that requires it.
 
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35. Re: BFG Leaves Graphics Card Business May 21, 2010, 11:08 Ant
 
ForgedReality wrote on May 21, 2010, 10:58:
Ant wrote on May 21, 2010, 10:44:
Ledge wrote on May 21, 2010, 10:31:
"Just like Creative Labs, why bother with a dedicated sound card when the onboard sound is more than fine? "

not fine enough for me.
Onboard quality SUCKS!
What, specifically, is wrong with on-board sound?
Audio quality. Have you listened to it with good speakers/headphones?

Also, see http://www.bluesnews.com/cgi-bin/board.pl?action=viewthread&boardid=1&threadid=109877 ...
 
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34. Re: BFG Leaves Graphics Card Business May 21, 2010, 10:58 ForgedReality
 
Ant wrote on May 21, 2010, 10:44:
Ledge wrote on May 21, 2010, 10:31:
"Just like Creative Labs, why bother with a dedicated sound card when the onboard sound is more than fine? "

not fine enough for me.
Onboard quality SUCKS!
What, specifically, is wrong with on-board sound?
 
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33. Re: BFG Leaves Graphics Card Business May 21, 2010, 10:44 Ant
 
Ledge wrote on May 21, 2010, 10:31:
"Just like Creative Labs, why bother with a dedicated sound card when the onboard sound is more than fine? "

not fine enough for me.
Onboard quality SUCKS!
 
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32. Re: BFG Leaves Graphics Card Business May 21, 2010, 10:31 Ledge
 
"Just like Creative Labs, why bother with a dedicated sound card when the onboard sound is more than fine? "

not fine enough for me.
 
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31. Re: BFG Leaves Graphics Card Business May 21, 2010, 10:22 Verno
 
I'll take my EVGA lifetime warranty over BFGs professionalism any day.

Yeah because a lifetime warranty is really any different from a ten year warranty in the videocard industry.
 
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30. Re: BFG Leaves Graphics Card Business May 21, 2010, 10:17 Ant
 
Diabolus in Musica wrote on May 21, 2010, 10:10:
Verno wrote on May 21, 2010, 09:20:
Diabolus in Musica wrote on May 21, 2010, 08:36:
No big loss. EVGA spanks them anyway. BFG...wonder where they got that name?

Shame on you, BFG was the most professional vendor in the industry.

I'll take my EVGA lifetime warranty over BFGs professionalism any day.
But that's only for the card you bought. Replacements only got one year. What are BFG warranties like?
 
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29. Re: BFG Leaves Graphics Card Business May 21, 2010, 10:10 Diabolus in Musica
 
Verno wrote on May 21, 2010, 09:20:
Diabolus in Musica wrote on May 21, 2010, 08:36:
No big loss. EVGA spanks them anyway. BFG...wonder where they got that name?

Shame on you, BFG was the most professional vendor in the industry.

I'll take my EVGA lifetime warranty over BFGs professionalism any day.
 
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28. Re: BFG Leaves Graphics Card Business May 21, 2010, 09:58 Ant
 
DangerDog wrote on May 21, 2010, 04:18:
I have always found their products and tech support to be top notch.

as have I, had a fan stop working on an old Nvidia card and they replaced it with a newer model.
EVGA did that to me twice (bought a GeForce 7950 GT AGP and then fan died two years later, then got a 8800 GT {PCIe) replacement, but replacement only got one year warranty and died in less than a year and now using another one for now). I wonder if my second card will die within a year too so I can get another one.

Did BGP give one year warranties for replacements too?
 
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27. Re: BFG Leaves Graphics Card Business May 21, 2010, 09:20 Verno
 
Diabolus in Musica wrote on May 21, 2010, 08:36:
No big loss. EVGA spanks them anyway. BFG...wonder where they got that name?

Shame on you, BFG was the most professional vendor in the industry.
 
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26. Re: BFG Leaves Graphics Card Business May 21, 2010, 09:10 Shataan
 
I always bought the BFG cards. But seeing as how very few AAA+ titles get released these days (well none imho), there really is no need to be upgrading. When the games were coming, I`d upgrade a vid card everyyear almost. Now you can easilly wait 2 to 4 years between upgrading.

 
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25. Re: BFG Leaves Graphics Card Business May 21, 2010, 08:57 Wolfen
 
Well im glad they are honoring the last line of warranties and all. I just bought a BFG a few months ago purely based on there customer service reviews. What a shame.  
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24. Re: BFG Leaves Graphics Card Business May 21, 2010, 08:36 Diabolus in Musica
 
No big loss. EVGA spanks them anyway. BFG...wonder where they got that name?  
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23. Re: BFG Leaves Graphics Card Business May 21, 2010, 07:20 Hoop
 
DangerDog wrote on May 21, 2010, 04:18:
I have always found their products and tech support to be top notch.

as have I, had a fan stop working on an old Nvidia card and they replaced it with a newer model.

I hate to see them leave but I can understand the lack of profits.

I have seen so many posts with regard to sent my bfg back got a new one 2 generations better!
I remember thinking back then Fu^$# how many ppl must be doing this to them and how can they sustain that.....well I guess this is the result.
 
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